Tag:Torry Holt
Posted on: April 20, 2009 9:52 pm

What does signing of Holt mean to Jaguars?

Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran Torry Holt to a three-year, incentive-laden deal, what does it maen as they head to the draft later this week and on into next season?

Let's start with Saturday's draft. The Jaguars have a huge void at receiver and Holt only partially fills it. If they think he's going to be a No. 1 receiver, they're nuts. They didn't pay him that way, so they must think he's a good No. 2. That still leaves a hole in terms of a No. 1 receiver.

Mike Walker, Dennis Northcutt and Troy Williamson are not No. 1 receivers, although the team has high hopes for Walker, a third-year player bothered by injuries in his first two seasons.

The Jaguars did call the Cardinals about Anquan Boldin, and the signing of Holt doesn't mean they're out of that. If the price is right, Boldin could still be had.

If not, the Jaguars could use the No. 8 pick in the first round on a receiver, like Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin. That does't seem likely after they blew two first-round picks on receivers in Matt Jones and Reggie Williams in reccent drafts. More likely, they will use a second or third-round pick on a receiver.

So that means if they don't land Boldin, they will still have a group of raw receivers to go with Northcutt and Holt. That means no real deep threat, unless Walker emerges.

Holt's per-catch average of 12.4 last season was the lowest of was the lowest of his career. That could mean a sign of slowing down and he did play on bad knees last season.

Holt is a good guy to have in the locker room. He likes the game. In years past, there were too many players in the Jaguars' locker room that didn't like the game. Holt will rub off in a good way, unlike Jerry Porter, last year's free agent disaster, who rubbed off in a bad way.




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Posted on: April 20, 2009 3:40 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2009 3:51 pm

Jags nearing deal to acquire wideout Holt

Barring an unforseen snag in contract negotiations, the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to announce the signing of veteran Torry Holt to a two-year contract Monday.

Holt, who played 10 seasons with the St. Louis Rams, would immediately become the team's No. 1 receiver. The Jaguars have a huge void at the postion, which is why they are willing to look past Holt's knee troubles and the fact some in St. Louis think he's slowed down.

Holt caught 64 passes last season, but his 12.4 per-catch average was the lowest of his career. The Jaguars could also draft a receiver early in Saturday's draft.



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Tags: Torry Holt
Posted on: March 13, 2009 5:05 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2009 5:36 pm

Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver

A few years ago, I wrote that  Torry Holt was the most under-valued receiver in the NFL. All he did was catch passes, score touchdowns and command the double team.

But Holt isn't that receiver anymore.

Holt was released by the St. Louis Rams Friday in a move that may expected, and he is now an unrestrcited free agent. For teams interested, here's a warning: He's a No. 2 receiver now.

Holt doesn't run like he once did. The ability to win outside, running by corners, isn't there anymore. He can still be a productive second receiver, but his 12.8 per-catch average last season was a career low. That shows a player slowing down, not a player who is still a player who deserves No. 1-receiver money.

Holt is a class act. He would be a great addition to a team that has young receivers who can learn from him. If I were the Dallas Cowboys, I'd give him a good look. He would help Roy Williams, who they think is now their No. 1.

But the New York Giants need a No. 1 receiver. If they think Holt is that guy, they are mistaken. He turns 33 in June and the numbers say the age is statting to become a factor.



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